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Kavi Patel


Originally from Ahmedabad, in the state of Gujarat, India, Kavi began his personal yoga practice at 10 under his grandfather’s tutelage. Since 2002, drawn to the in-depth integration of science, art and philosophy in Iyengar Yoga, Kavi began studying and later teaching it.

A graduate of the Teacher Training program at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York, led by Senior Teachers Mary Dunn and James Murphy, Kavi continues his studies with Patricia Walden, Carrie Owerko, James Murphy and other senior teachers throughout the Iyengar Yoga world.

Kavi’s goal is to teach with precision in technique, timing and the sequencing of the yoga asanas.He aims to challenge students, to bring a sense of fun to his classes, and to explore not just the physical aspects of yoga, but also its psychological and spiritual dimensions.

“Yoga makes the information available so that each individual can become empowered to be effective and efficient in his or her daily life,” he says.

Born and raised in a Vaisnava (Krsna Bhakti Yoga) family, Kavi grew up listening to and studying Vedic literature including the Upanishads, Srimad Bhagavatam and the Bhagavad Gita. He lived in Hare Krsna ashrams in India and the United States from 1978-2008. “One of my favorite hobbies is to study rich Bhakti literatures, especially of the masters and teachers from Vrndavana, India, for example Lord Caitanya, Rupa Goswami, Jiva Goswami, Mirabai and Surdas,” he says.

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